Three receive prestigious awards

Tracy Brinkley, Tony Hyde and Dr. Christian A. Brandyberry
Jan. 15, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

As Tony Hyde eloquently spoke about the Citizen of the Year, the room of people at the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting hushed. With all the attributes affirmed, smiles and teary eyes acknowledged the recipient before her name was spoken.

Tracy Brinkley  — the woman who coined the All-America City phrase "Hope has an address and it's Thomasville — rose quietly from her seat. She never expected to be named Thomasville's Outstanding Citizen. The award recognized her giving spirit and her efforts for Thomasville's All-America achievement.

The meeting held at Colonial Country Club, included two additional awards. Hyde and  Dr. Christian A. Brandyberry received the Chairman's Award from outgoing chairman Hope Surratt. Their awards also acknowledged their work for Thomasville's All-America designation.

The 65th annual meeting celebrated all that is good in Thomasville.

"Thomasville pulls together as a family to meet  challenges," Surratt said.

As incoming chairman Kathie Johnson, president of Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, leads the Chamber and community into a new year, she acknowledged Surratt's commitment.